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7. Cosy upIf you’re looking to create a warm and inviting outdoor space, opting for traditional panelled kitchen cabinetry over a sleek, modern style can really help you set the tone. Boost the comfort factor further by adding in a cosy wicker sofa setting and a dining setting big enough to accommodate the whole family.
7. Create an indoor/outdoor spaceHolidays usually mean spending plenty of time outdoors, but this isn’t always the case once you get back home. To create a carefree outdoor area you’ll want to spend time in, take some comfy cushions outside and place leafy pot plants indoors and out for a seamless transition.
While quality is always important when buying any furniture, it’s even more critical with outdoor furniture exposed to the extremes of sun, rain and wind. There have been huge advances in fabric technology, however, meaning you can leave upholstered pieces outside all year round. Outdoor fabrics now come in more than just plains, stripes or seaside geometrics, and being largely acrylic, are UV-, mildew- and stain-resistant, as well as durable and easy to keep clean.PRO TIP: Always specify an all-weather, quick-dry foam for your seat cushions, as it has a mesh bottom that allows the water to drain out. 11 tricks for cleaning outdoor furniture
9. Take the indoors outNo matter the size of your outdoor area, spring is the time give more space to your living zones by taking some of the furniture and furnishings outside to a verandah or covered terrace.If you’re lucky enough to have lots of space, take your cue from your indoor areas to set up an outdoor chill zone to make the most of the beautiful spring weather. If it’s not under cover, fashion an easy shelter with a market umbrella or awning.A cafe table with chairs and some hanging pots and baskets is all you need for a small courtyard. Remember when you’re adding pots and baskets to group them in uneven numbers and varying sizes, to create interest. Hang lanterns, fairy lights and candles to set the mood in the evenings.
9. Use indoor-outdoor fabric for upholsteryBy definition, indoor-outdoor fabric is a lot more durable and fade resistant than regular indoor fabric. The beauty of these synthetics is that UV-resistant pigments are mixed into the fibre before it’s woven into fabric, unlike regular fabric which is dyed after it’s woven. This process secures the colour, so that it can’t be faded by the sun. These days, indoor-outdoor fabric comes in a multitude of gorgeous colours and patterns, with some that are woven on jacquard looms to give the fabric the same soft hand-feel of a typical indoor fabric. Indoor-outdoor fabric will look as right at home in the living room as it does on the deck.Great indoor-outdoor furniture options
6. The outdoor living roomYou could be forgiven for thinking you were viewing a photo of a living room in a summer house, styled to reflect its location with the cool blues and whites of the ocean, when in fact, you are not inside the house at all. Rather, this photo was taken outside under a contemporary verandah, where leather or material upholstered chairs are substituted for a more outdoor-suitable material like wicker for the lounge suite, a durable outdoor timber table with stainless steel frame and chairs made of a plastic resin. Here, the interior designers have created the full outdoor experience with a built-in kitchen at one end and a central dining area and a place to sit at the other. Who says style has to be relegated to only the interior of the house?10 impressive indoor-outdoor living rooms
The great Australian verandah prevailed in Brisbane. This outdoor living space was added to almost 30,000 ideabooks, helping it reach the top spot for most popular photo in Brisbane 2014 and earn a Houzz badge for Highgate House.